Tuesday, December 29, 2009
D.A. Carson on the Emergent Church
I don't have much time invested in my past honestly with reading on the 'Emergent Church.' I know of the leaders in that movement and have heard some of their messages online. I've been to churches that have elements which are really similar in substantial ways, but which still hold to truth being something we can know absolutely (yes, they were thriving even though they believed in absolute truth, they were very blessed of the Lord; I do by the way also believe in absolute truth). But I'm trying to get more familiar over the break with the whole discussion in general. D.A. Carson has a book on 'Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church.' I understand emergent churches aren't all the same, and Carson states that flatly about 20 or 30 times in the first few chapters. I feel like he overstates this fact a couple times too many. I understand why he does some repetition, people are so prone to misunderstanding one another at times that it takes restatement to avoid claiming errors. It'll be interesting to see what all the rest of the work has in store. I'll refrain from sharing much more now until I'm done with this book. Just thought I'd share about some holiday reading. I'm interested for the moment in how Carson talks about epistemology. I'm open to suggested reading besides the obvious like Carson and McLaren, on the topic.